Team / Partners

Hi there! Meet Team Gramarye….

Gramarye Media has assembled a team of A-List veteran industry experts to help us select and develop content and ensure smooth, professional productions. We’ve also put together an ecosystem of partner companies. Their expertise helps us with:

  • Content incubation and mentorship.
  • Licensing and merchandise partnerships.
  • Extensive budget review and due diligence.
  • Review and development of a project’s marketing and distribution plan.

Leadership Team:

John Adcox
Chief Executive Officer, Board of Directors Chair

Alice P. Neuhauser
President, Board of Directors Member

Lou Aronica
Chief Literary Officer, Board of Directors Member

Graham Bradstreet
Chief Film Financing & Distribution Officer

Ken Walters
Chief Investor Relations Officer

Ben Noble
Advisor, Board of Directors Member

Technology and Development:

Don Dudenhoeffer
Chief Creative Officer, Board of Directors Member

Irtaza Barlas
Ph.D. Chief Innovation Officer, Board of Directors Member

Arthur Stepanyan
Executive Director, Blockchain

Production Studio and Development:

William H. Foley
Architect, Board of Directors Member

David Godfrey
Smart Stage Development

Candice Alger
VP, Virtual Production, Board of Directors Member

Content Incubation and Mentorship:

Houston Howard
Executive Director, Mentorship Program

Chris Soth
Screenplay Development

Leadership Team

John Adcox

Chief Executive Officer,
Board of Directors Chair

Over the course of a 20-year career in advertising, marketing, and new media John Adcox has held a number of titles including Executive Producer, Vice President of Digital Media, Creative Director, Vice President of Marketing and Creative Services, and CEO. A few of his clients have included AT&T, Mercedes-Benz, Holiday Inn, Coca-Cola, UPS, SCANA, AutoTrader.com, Time Warner, Disney, Delta Air Lines, 3M, Ford, and many more.

In addition, he has hosted a radio show, acted professionally (although not since age 15), designed and written scripts for games, written a play for a professional theatre company, taught university astronomy, and written articles on topics including mythology, psychology, technology, religion, and marketing strategy.

John served for more than four years as the Lay Leader and Council Chair at Inman Park United Methodist Church. His many, many interests include books and literature, religion and philosophy, mythology, the Arthurian legends, travel, baseball, science fiction and fantasy, marketing communications, Celtic music and lore, new media, theatre, and politics, not to mention astronomy and cosmological physics.

John sits on advisory boards at the Blockchain Chamber of Commerce, Invest Atlanta (Creative Industries), and the Georgia State University Library.

John is now concentrating on storytelling—he is the author of Blackthorne Faire and other novels, and he has a screenplay in development. Meanwhile, he maintains a laser focus on Gramarye Media and its publishing, film and television content development, production, and distribution arms.

Alice Neuhauser

President,
Board of Directors Member

Alice P. Neuhauser has a broad range of entertainment experience in financial management, establishment and oversight of corporate, legal and accounting procedures, and business development and strategic planning. From successfully developing a major commercial real estate project to assisting lenders in maximizing the value of distressed assets to managing the day-to-day operations of independent film companies, Alice has demonstrated entrepreneurial success in maximizing effort and investment by finding opportunities to utilize both existing studio structures and independent constructs.

Over the course of her career, Alice has managed project financing for motion pictures ranging in budget from $2 million to $100 million each, totaling over half a billion dollars.  Such financings included some of the largest independently financed pictures including Terminator 2 (starring Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Cliffhanger (starring Sylvester Stallone).  More recently, Alice coordinated the bank financing of produced pictures including Oscar-nominated 3:10 to Yuma (starring Russell Crowe), The Forbidden Kingdom (with Jackie Chan and Jet Li), The Bank Job, Brothers, A Perfect Getaway, Nine, Spy Next Door, Dear John, Season of the Witch, The Fighter (starring Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg), Limitless (starring Bradley Cooper), Haywire, The Immortals, Mirror, Mirror (starring Julia Roberts), 21 & Over, Movie 43, Safe Haven and Out of the Furnace.  Alice also managed two $100 million revolving film production credit facilities with two separate syndicates of banks, which helped finance such movies as Basic Instinct (starring Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone) and Total Recall (starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone).

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Lou Aronica

Chief Literary Officer,
Board of Directors Member

Lou Aronica started the Spectra imprint at Bantam when he was 27 years old. His first acquisition for Bantam Spectra, David Brin’s Startide Rising, won a Hugo and a Nebula award. Bantam Spectra went on to publish New York Times bestsellers for Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman, Raymond Feist, William Gibson, Neal Stephenson, and Neil Gaiman.During this phase of his career, Aronica acquired five consecutive winners of the Nebula award.

His Full Spectrum anthology series ran 5 volumes. Full Spectrum 4, co-edited with Amy Stout and Betsy Mitchell, won the 1994 World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology. He also started the Star Wars book publishing program. As Mass Market Publisher for Bantam, he launched the Crime Line mystery imprint and worked with bestselling authors Elizabeth George, Robert Crais, and Diane Mott Davidson. After leaving Bantam in 1994, he became Publisher of the Berkley Publishing Group, where he started two imprints, Boulevard and Signature. During this time, he acquired and edited futuristic mysteries by J.D. Robb (a penname of author Nora Roberts).

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Graham Bradstreet

Chief Film Financing & Distribution Officer

Graham Bradstreet qualified as a chartered accountant and began his career in the motion picture industry as a shareholder and Finance Director in the Working Title Group of Companies (“Working Title”) in 1986. Over the following years Working Title became the U.K.’s pre-eminent motion picture production company and was subsequently sold to PolyGram in 1993, by which time it had produced some 15 movies and seven television programs (see below). Whilst at Working Title, Bradstreet became adept at laying off risk with the use of tax advantageous legislation, subsidies, grants, rebates, co-production treaties and other “soft” monies.

Following the sale of his shareholding to PolyGram, Graham acted as a consultant to various companies including Chrysalis, Katsalas Films, Miramax, Parallel Pictures, and Pukka Films.

In 1996, having developed the concept of insurance-backed financing, he closed a five-picture deal with Phoenix Pictures. Bradstreet then formed ICE Media (“ICE”) to concentrate on the risk management of insurance-backed film financing. ICE raised in excess of $1Bn of insurance backed finance, contributing to budgets in excess of $3Bn covering approximately 100 movies (see below) including Truman Show, Face/Off, Runaway Bride and Sleepy Hollow.

End users included Paramount, MGM/UA, Orion, Phoenix Pictures, Artisan, LionsGate, J&M Entertainment, IAC, Mandalay and Seven Arts. Banks included Chase Manhattan (now JPMorgan), Société Generalé, Imperial (now CoMerica), Silicon Valley Bank, Westdeutche Landesbank and De Nationale Investeringsbank NU.

Such innovative structures have established Graham as one of the leading motion picture financiers in the world, whether for independent or studio movies. He has since advised various entertainment companies including Bed & Breakfast, Belgrave Promotions Limited (Ireland), Consolidated Pictures Group, Inc., Crannog Films Limited (Ireland), Ego Aegis Limited (U.K.), Fonu2, Inc., Hercules Entertainment, ManifeStar, LLC, (Puerto Rico), Mario BH, Medient, Inc., Monkey Wrench Films, Montage Media, Inc., Mr. Pictures Limited (U.K.), Parallel Pictures Limited (U.K.), Red Octopus, Inc., Seviinth Wave, Inc., Silencer, LLC, (Puerto Rico), TMI, Inc., Ukimwi Road Limited (U.K.), and Ulti-Media Group, Inc.

Of the 130 movies funded by Graham, 31 were major studio releases generating an estimated $3.32Bn in Box Office. 196 award nominations have been garnered (including 14 Academy Award nominations), winning 94 of them (including one Academy Award).

Kenneth Walters

Chief Investor Relations Officer

Ken is an accomplished wealth management and investment advisory executive with over 23 years of experience with prominent firms including Merrill Lynch, UBS, and Morgan Stanley. Worked extensively with High Net Worth and Ultra-High Net Worth individuals and institutions raising and managing a transformative amount of assets. His clientele has consisted of C-Level Executives, physicians, emerging executives, business owners, retirees, professional athletes, artists, and proven actors & professionals in the film & entertainment industry

He is well positioned with the largest wire-house broker dealers and private, boutique wealth management and investment banking firms with significant leadership roles including: Managing Partner, Managing Director-Private Wealth, Managing Director-Business Development, Director of Recruiting and Senior Vice President-Investments

Ken also maintains an extensive depth in the film/TV and entertainment industry including actors, managers, executive producers, and directors working on multiple films, TV programs, red carpet premieres and marketing distribution. Ken’s leadership translates in the film & entertainment industry where he was Chief Investment Officer and Managing Partner for a private equity fund investing in Georgia-produced film and television.
In addition, he manages film actors (his two sons) securing significant roles in franchise films.

Ben Noble

Advisor,
Board of Directors

Ben is a well-known and respected Atlanta-based businessman whose interests include real estate, investment, international trade, and entertainment, while remaining firmly immersed in the oil and gas industry.

He is chairman of Noble Holdings, a management, investment, and consulting firm, and is currently on the board of five additional companies along with his involvement in civic and philanthropic organizations.

Ben’s former partners have included the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards and Ringo Starr of Beatles’ fame. The trio, along with John Portman, opened The London Brasserie in Atlanta and threw an opening night party that rivaled the famed world premiere of Gone with the Wind, which also took place in Atlanta. He served as a board director for American Artists Film Corporation for a number of years. He has founded three banks, two of which became regional in scope and were acquired by national banks. The third remains fiscally strong.

Ben is a founding director of Hank Aaron Enterprises as well as one of the original owners of Lenox Square, the first regional shopping center in the world, which has had a major impact on Atlanta, especially the Buckhead financial district.

Among Ben’s accomplishments is a two-term Presidential appointment as a private sector advisor to the U.S. Department of Commerce under President Ronald Reagan and serving on the President’s transition team. This Mensa Society member continues to enjoy flying, scuba diving, boating, skiing, and disappearing to the Caribbean.

Technology and Development

Don Dudenhoeffer

Chief Creative Officer,
Board of Directors Member

Don’s professional experience has been an extensive voyage into the world of advanced interactive media. He’s spent most of his career on the front lines of the new media space working with emerging technologies in Interactive TV, mobile devices, video distribution, and e-commerce applications. In Don’s 20 years of creative design and implementation, his work has focused on creating forward thinking applications that aid large media companies in their pursuit of the future of media often targeting multi-screen experiences.

Don led the design team that was awarded the first ever Emmy in Interactive Television for the creation of an Interactive TV application enhancing the HBO Band of Brothers experience. He also led the effort to design and build CNN’s Pipeline and the Washington Redskins experiences for Media Center and Intel’s Viiv initiative. Don has participated in the incubation, testing and launch of many new interactive products ranging from a wireless traffic guidance system, desktop applications (TWC Desktop Weather), browser plug-ins, widgets, and new forms of digital video collection, encoding, and distribution.

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Irtaza Barlas

Ph.D. Chief Innovation Officer,
Board of Directors Member

Irtaza Barlas brings more than 20 years of diverse technology and product development experience to Gramarye. He is currently the Director of Software Engineering of a very successful healthcare IT company in Georgia. He was also the Program Manager at Impact Technologies, where he led the research and development efforts associated with advanced computing, image analysis, and data mining systems for the industry and the US Department of Defense.

Irtaza was the architect and Principle Investigator on a multi-year research program on “Self-Aware Processing Systems” for DARPA. Irtaza worked with Raytheon and Georgia Tech to develop technologies for monitoring and real-time reconfiguration. His other DoD research programs include datamining and visualization for US Navy, distributed monitoring of Virginia Class Submarine Combat Systems, and Multi-agent Distributed Data Fusion for Unmanned Surface Vehicles for Office of Naval Research. Impact Technologies was acquired in 2011 by United Technologies’ Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation—and is now a Sikorsky Innovations company.

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Arthur Stepanyan

Executive Director, Blockchain

In a professional career that has spanned more than 35 years, Arthur Stepanyan has been fortunate to meet, work with, and learn from captains of industry and government leaders from all over the world. Through these interactions, Arthur became intimately familiar with such diverse industry verticals as aerospace, automotive, metallurgy, oil and gas exploration and production, microelectronics, tele-communications, and nuclear energy — all seen through essential principles of business, finance, and law.

As an international business consultant, Arthur was involved in Chevron’s mega-JV in Kazakhstan, in Kaiser Aluminum technology transfer projects, in International Launch System’s commercial satellite launches, and in US DOE’s IPP/NCI programs.

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Production and Studio Development

William H. Foley

Architect,
Board of Directors Member

Bill Foley is the President of Foley Design Associates. His background includes experience in business, construction, and architecture, including ownership in three architecture firms and one construction firm. Bill has had direct interaction on a variety of project types from planning to the construction phase of the project. A diverse background of project types includes corporate headquarters, office and warehouse facilities, resort facilities, country club, retail centers, recreation facilities, elderly housing, continuing care retirement centers, schools, healthcare, multi-family housing, and libraries.

Bill has been the lead architect and designer of Pinewood Atlanta Studios, Founders Studios, and other industry-leading motion picture and television production facilities.

Bill’s past architectural experience includes work with Bull and Kenney Architects, in Atlanta, Georgia, where he served as a planner and designer, the Atlanta office of Christian/Foley Architects as partner-incharge, and Thompson Hancock Witte & Associates as Executive Vice President.

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David Godfrey

Smart Stage Development

David Godfrey has more than 30 years’ experience across screen-based media, including a well-balanced combination of technical, operational, executive managerial, and consultancy skills and an ability to work globally across any culture, individually or with teams of any size.

He has a solid executive background in operational management (Director of UK Operations for Pinewood and Shepperton Studios) along with proven high-level delivery of technical media consultancy (Director of International Operations for The Pinewood Group) working extensively across both domestic and international media arenas to successfully deliver my client’s vision and objectives from concept to completion.

Territories worked for facility build and feasibility include: USA, Canada, Malaysia, Dominican Republic, India, Chile, Colombia, Latvia, Hungary, Malta, France, Mauritius, Romania, South Africa, Ireland and UK.

In addition to himself, David brings international experts in all media disciplines to Gramarye’s projects, providing us with a genuine dream team.

Candice Alger

VP, Virtual Production,
Board of Directors Member

Before selling her company, Giant Studios, to filmmaker James Cameron, Candace served as CEO and Executive Producer, leading ground-breaking motion capture and visual effects for films like Avatar, The Lord of the Rings, Iron Man, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, The Incredible Hulk, Warcraft, and many others.

Since selling Giant, Candice has been a practice professor at Georgia State University, where she has helped design and build the world’s most advanced virtual production laboratory and has mentored content development with various arts organizations.

Previously, as Senior Vice President, she designed and built the satellite broadcast origination and post production businesses at Crawford Communications.

Content Team and Incubation Mentorship

Houston Howard

Executive Director, Mentorship Program

There’s story and then there’s Super Story. If you just want a story, go to McKee. If you want your story to survive in an age of distraction and become bigger than you’ve ever imagined, you need a Super Story. That’s where Houston Howard comes in.

As the Chief Storyteller and Co-Founder of One 3 Creative, Houston has been a recognized thought leader in the entertainment and branding communities because of his unique and proprietary transmedia approach to story. Advising entities such as Mattel, Disney Imagineering, Reliance Media Works, West Coast Customs, Samuel Goldwyn Films and Harper Collins Publishing, as well as designing a number of transmedia-focused projects for Fox, the CW, TNT, Slinky and the writers of Toy Story, Houston has an impressive amount of experience designing projects that are primed for the 21st Century.

When he’s not outlining a new slate of transmedia design books, setting up international co-productions for current transmedia projects or leading a wildly diverse creative team, Houston is educating professionals on how to adapt to an ever-changing entertainment landscape. This has included leading workshops for the Producers Guild of America, the National Association of Broadcasters, Act One, Storyworld USA, The Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference and the Swedish Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, Houston led a series of international transmedia masterclasses across both Brazil and Africa throughout 2016.

His latest book, Make Your Story Really Stinkin’ Big: How to Go From Concept to Franchise and Make Your Story Last For Generations, has been a go-to manual for creative professionals on how to leverage a variety of media platforms, maximizes revenue potential and engages audiences in new and innovative ways.

Learn more about how Houston builds projects that exist at the intersection of branding and entertainment at http://superstory.works

CREATIVE SPECIALTIES: Creating dynamic new intellectual properties; transmedia storytelling, implementation architecture, development and production; intellectual property incubation and development; creating “blockbuster” worlds (fictional world development); feature film screenwriting; graphic design.

LEGAL SPECIALTIES: Transactional/Contract Administration, Negotiations, Trial Practice.

Chris Soth

Screenplay Development

Writer/Director-Producer Chris Soth has authored more than 40 screenplays and is a frequent speaker on the topics of story structure and independent filmmaking, teaching screenwriters around the world how to write great screenplays AND pitch them for success.

Chris is the writer of Firestorm, released by 20th Century Fox, and the independent hit Outrage: Born in Terror. He is currently developing a slate of independent films, the first of which, Don’t Fall Asleep, has just received distribution. His directorial debut, SafeWord, is presently in post-production.

Chris has taught at USC and UCLA, and currently guides screenwriters from concept to FADE OUT using the “Mini-Movie Method” in his mentorship program at YourScreenplayMentor.com. His ebook Million-Dollar Screenwriting: The Mini-Movie Method and DVD SOLD! How I Set Up Three Pitches in Hollywood, among other great screenwriting resources, are available at MillionDollarScreenwriting.com.

Legal Representation by:

Incubation Mentors

James A. Moore

• NYT Best-selling Author
• Game Writer
• Comic Book Writer
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Chris Golden

• NYT Best-selling Author
• Screen Adaptations
• Editor

Our Partners

Gramarye Media was one of the very few companies lucky enough to participate in Georgia Tech’s Flashpoint, one of the world’s most successful and prestigious business accelerators.

Flashpoint works closely with founders to enable them to think clearly about their businesses, using rigorous processes to enable reliable innovation. It is unique in implementing startup engineering, a business creation and innovation process developed by Dr. Merrick Furst at Georgia Tech. Its companies have attracted more than $150 million in commitments from angels and investors and have a market cap of over $800 million.

Startup Engineering is a program and framework for finding genuine unmet demand and building scalable companies to satisfy it.

Startup engineers take a “problem first” approach to identify inadequately addressed pain in their customer’s personal or professional lives. They generate theories about customer improvement goals and the constraints that prevent existing solutions from meeting them. They work toward actionable truth by testing to disconfirm their theories, modifying them, and retesting. They prioritize and gauge progress through a framework of understanding, bounding, and reducing the risks that all early stage companies face.

Gramarye Media also partners with the Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII) at Georgia State University to apply innovative technology to reduce the cost of film and television productions.

The CMII, arguably the single most advanced virtual production facility on the planet, features Virtual production to support live performances driving 3D characters in virtual worlds, layering virtual characters and objects over real world environments, an augmented Reality CAVE Lab, a walking VR Lab, best-in-Class Editing, Color-Correction, and Post-Production Suites, “Lagless” Music and Dialog Recording, and more.

Our sister company, ConcentraQ, helps power Gramarye’s powerful social media and tracking capability. ConcentraQ is a cloud-based software platform that allows marketing and brand management teams to quickly design and launch highly personalized campaigns to inspire, incent, and empower consumers to become champions for their brand.

In short, ConcentraQ maximizes social endorsement and brand visibility, beyond what can be achieved through traditional marketing channels. With ConcentraQ, marketers can guide the conversation and identify (and potentially reward) their brand’s most significant individual influencers. The result? Faster, more agile promotional campaigns leading to:

  • Deeper brand affinity, stronger bonds with current and potential customers
  • More compelling personal, unpaid endorsements and buzz
  • Significantly increased brand visibility
  • More precisely-targeted promotion budgets and properly-attributed ROI

ConcentraQ enables real visibility into social influence and endorsement activities from the ground up — starting at the individual consumer level. It provides tools for brand marketers that seamlessly integrate into promotions, giving prospects and customers the opportunity to easily endorse brands/products within in their social spaces.

The Story Plant was founded in 2008 by two long-term industry professionals, Lou Aronica and Peter Miller. From the start, the company has been dedicated to publishing quality fiction and to developing authors. Though we’re always trying to improve, we feel that we’ve delivered on both. Our books regularly receive rave reviews (click on any of our titles to check for yourself) and since our launch, nearly a third of our novels have appeared in the top 100 of one major bestseller list or another – and often several at once.

In 2013, The Story Plant was acquired by Studio Digital CT, LLC, a limited liability company headed by Lou Aronica. With this, Mitchell Maxwell came on board to add his unparalleled blend of creativity, passion, and business acumen.

The Story Plant has an absolute dedication to its authors. Both Aronica and Maxwell are novelists as well, and they understand the desires, needs, and insecurities of writers at the most personal level. We want The Story Plant to be a good home for those who write for us, and we want it to be a place where readers can be assured that everyone involved in bringing these books to them cares deeply about what they’re doing.